to explain what information collect from our users and how we use it. Our Privacy
Policy applies to all visitors, whether or not they are registered members (“Users”),
that use Birdie’s websites (located at http://www.birdieworld.com and/or mobile
applications (the “Service”).
By using our Service, you understand and agree that we are providing a platform for
you to post content, including ratings, comments, tips, and other materials ("User
Content"), to the Service. This means that other Users may search for, see, use, or
share any of your User Content that you make publicly available through the Service,
Service. When you use our Services, such as visiting our website(s), you consent to
our collection, use, and disclosure of information about you as described in this
you agree to both.
Any questions or concerns regarding this policy should be directed to
1. What Information We Might Collect:
When you use the Services, you agree to provide us with certain information, such
as described below:
a. Account Information:
In order to fully utilize the Services, including communicate on Birdie websites, post
review or suggestions, you must register for an account. This can include your name,
email address you used to register, profile picture, birthdate, location, and any other
information you provide us. The personal information that you provide to us may
reveal or allow others to identify aspects of your life that are not expressly stated on
your profile (for example, your picture). You understand that by creating an
account and filling out information on your profile, Users (as well as our company)
will be able to identify you by your Birdie profile. Users can search for you by your
username or your registered email address.
You also may give us permission to access your information in other services. For
example, you may link your other social media accounts (such as Facebook, Twitter,
Tumblr, etc.) to Birdie, which allows us to obtain information from those accounts
(like your friends or contacts). The information we get from those services often
depends on your settings or their privacy policies so please check those policies as
b. User Content:
User Content is only accessible by registered users and cannot be seen by the
general public that has not registered for Birdie. However, Birdie cannot control
how Remember that this information may remain indefinitely in the publicly
accessible area of the Service. You are solely responsible for any information that
you disclose and disseminate on publicly accessible areas.
We may collect all information that you contribute or upload to the Birdie websites,
including ratings, comments, wishlists, and account profile information. We may
display this information publicly through the Birdie websites, use it to enhance the
Birdie experience (including allowing for you to have more personalized
recommendations with respect to products that showcases on the websites), and
share it with third party partners.
If you have a concern about any personally identifiable information you have posted
on any publicly accessible areas and are unable to delete or edit it, please contact
You can invite your friends to join Birdie by providing us with their contact
information, or by allowing us to access your contacts from your computer, mobile
device, or third party sites to select which friends you want to invite.
You acknowledge that by using Birdie Services, such as “Invite Friends,”
“Recommend to a Friend” and “Share my Wishlist,” you may be sending this
invitation outside of our website to that person by providing their email address.
This message is not a spam message from Birdie since it is user-generated even
though the invitation will come from our website. Also note by sending it to this
user, you are sharing their contact information with us. For example, if you choose
to invite someone to the Service through our "Invite Friends" feature, you may select
a person directly from the contacts list on your device and send an email. You also
understand and agree that you are responsible for any charges that apply to
communications sent from your device, and because this invitation is coming
directly from you, we do not have access to or control this communication.
When you sign up for an account, you are opting to receive messages from Birdie.
We may send you messages relating to the availability of the Services, security, or
other service-related issues. We may also send you marketing communications.
Note that if you contact us (even if you are not a member), we may keep your
message, email address and contact information so we can respond to your request.
e. Third Party Tools:
We use third-party analytics tools to help us measure traffic and usage trends for
the Service. These tools collect information sent by your device or our Service,
including the web pages you visit, add-ons, and other information that assists us in
improving the Service. We collect and use this analytics information with analytics
information from other Users so that it cannot reasonably be used to identify any
particular individual User.
Third-party ad partners may share information with us, like a browser cookie ID,
website URL visited, mobile device ID, or cryptographic hash of a common account
identifier (such as an email address), to help us measure and tailor ads. For example,
this allows us to display ads about things you may have already shown interest in off
of our Services. Further, we allow third parties to look-up profile information using
your email address or username.
When you visit or leave our Services (whether as a Member or Visitor) by clicking a
hyperlink or when you view a third-party site that includes our plugin or cookies (or
similar technology), we automatically receive the URL of the site from which you
came or the one to which you are directed. We also receive the internet protocol
(“IP”) address of your computer or the proxy server that you use to access the web,
your computer operating system details, your type of web browser, your mobile
device (including your mobile device identifier provided by your mobile device
operating system), your mobile operating system (if you are accessing Birdie using a
mobile device), and the name of your ISP or your mobile carrier. We may also
receive location data passed to us from third-party services or GPS-enabled devices
that you have set up. Most mobile devices allow you to prevent real time location
data being sent to us..
Also, if you have opted to bind your Birdie account to your Facebook, Twitter,
Pinterest or other similar account, you can share content from our Services to these
third party services, in accordance with your account settings (which you may
change at any time) and respective policies of these third parties. Note that we
allow the option to share and we will never post on your behalf.
f. Technical Information:
We may collect information about your use of the Services, such as your search
activity, account sign up, content that you provide, the pages viewed, the date,
duration, and time of visits, and transactions or other activities initiated through the
websites. This information may be collected in the following manner:
Log data: We receive Log Data when you interact with our Services,
for example, when you visit our websites, sign into our Services, interact with
our email notifications, use your account to authenticate to a third-party
website or application, or visit a third-party website that includes an Birdie
button or widget. Log data are records of activity created by the computer
that delivers the webpages you request to your browser. We use Log Data to
provide, understand, and improve our Services, to make inferences, like what
topics you may be interested in, and to customize the content we show you,
Cookie data: A cookie is a file containing an identifier (a string of
letters and numbers) that is sent by a web server to a web browser and is
stored by the browser. The identifier is then sent back to the server each
time the browser requests a page from the server. Cookies do not typically
contain any information that personally identifies a user, but personal
information that we store about you may be linked to the information stored
in and obtained from cookies.
include: browser type, OS type and version, device type used to access
websites, browser language, IP address, mobile carrier, phone number,
unique device identifier, advertising identifier, friends identifier, location
(including geolocation, web-server logs, web beacons, clear pixels, or pixel
tags, beacon based location, and GPS location), and requested and referring
URLs. Cookies also enable you to easily share content on Birdie. For mobile
when you are accessing the web from a computer.
In addition to the information above, we also use flash cookies, web beacons,
metadata, and advertising technologies to automatically collect information
about your activities and interests on and off our websites, to improve our
services, increase security measures as well as show you content and
advertising that’s most relevant to you.
Flash cookies (also called Local Shared Objects or “LSOs”) are data files
similar to cookies, except that they can store more complex data. Flash
cookies are used to remember settings, preferences, and usage, and other
Web beacons are small graphic images on a Web page or in an e-mail that can
be used for such things as recording the pages and advertisements clicked on
by users, or tracking the performance of e-mail marketing campaigns.
Geo-location technology refers to technologies that permit us to determine
your location. We may ask you to manually provide location information on
our website, or to enable your mobile device to send us precise location
information. We may also automatically collect general location information
from your web browser.
Metadata is usually technical data that is associated with User Content. For
example, Metadata can describe how, when and by whom a piece of User
Content was collected and how that content is formatted. Users can add or
may have Metadata added to their User Content including a hashtag (e.g., to
mark keywords when you post a photo), geotag (e.g., to mark your location to
a photo), comments or other data. This makes your User Content more
searchable by others and more interactive. If you geotag your photo or tag
your photo using other's APIs then, your latitude and longitude will be stored
with the photo and searchable (e.g., through a location or map feature) if
your photo is made public by you in accordance with your privacy settings.
By visiting our Services, you consent to the placement of cookies,
beacons and the above listed technology in your browser and emails in
Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies or delete pre-existing
cookies. However, if you limit the ability of websites to set cookies, your
overall user experience will not be as positive as it could be, since it will no
longer be personalized to you. It may also stop you from saving customized
settings like login information. Note that in order for us to recognize that you
have opted out of cookies, we have to place our Birdie opt-out cookie on your
device so we can know not to set other Birdie cookies the next time you visit.
If you use Birdie without changing your browser settings, we'll assume that
you're happy to receive all cookies on the Birdie websites.
To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been
set and how to manage and delete them, visit wikipedia.org,
www.allaboutcookies.org, or www.aboutcookies.org.
Device information: In addition to log data, we may also collect
information about the device you’re using Birdie on, including what type of
device it is, what operating system you’re using, device settings, device
location, connection information, unique device identifiers, and crash data.
Whether we collect some or all of this information often depends on what
type of device you’re using and its settings. To learn more about what
information your device makes available to us, please also check the policies
of your device manufacturer or software provider.
We receive your information through our various websites, APIs, email notifications,
applications, buttons, widgets, our other covered services and from other third
parties. When using any of our Services, you consent to the collection, transfer,
Collecting this information helps us provide consistent Services across your devices.
2. How We May Use and/or Share Your Information:
We collect the above information to help provide and improve the Services and
protect Users. We may use information collected to offer you customized content,
such as suggested locations or reviews, provide you with activity updates involving
you and allow you to more easily find your friends. Information about our Users is
an important part of our business, and your personal private information is never
Here are the other ways we may use or disclose information we collect:
a. User Consent or Direction:
We may share or disclose your information at your direction, such as when you
authorize a third-party web client or application to access your account. Other
users may share or disclose information about you, such as recommend a location to
you. If you’ve shared information with another user who accesses Birdie through a
third-party service, keep in mind that the information may be shared with the third-
b. Third Party Accounts:
same type of information for the same purposes as Birdie does for itself. Third
parties may be able to associate the information they collect with other
information they have about you from other sources.
If you sign up for Birdie using a third party account or link your Birdie account to
your account with a third party service, we may receive information about you
from such third party service. We may use this information to help you create
your account on Birdie and connect and share public content with your friends
and followers. You can manage how you link your Birdie account to third party
services. Please note that if you interact with Facebook, Google, Twitter, or other
third party icons through the Service, including "Like," "Share," or similar
buttons, those companies may collect information about you, such as your
device’s IP address, and they may post about you, such as when you “Like”
something on their website. Your interactions with these and other third parties
are governed by the third parties’ privacy policies.
c. Violations/Disabled Accounts:
Any violation against our Terms of Service can result in banning a User. In the
event that profiles are imposters and/or reviews or comments are
inappropriate, reported, or flagged as inappropriate, we have the right to delete
the comments and disable the account as necessary without warning. We may
ban a User from accessing their profile if we feel that harm is being caused to
other Users. We also may retain information from accounts disabled for
violations of our terms for at least a year to prevent repeat abuse or other
violations of our terms.
d. Service Providers:
We use a variety of third-party services to help support or provide our Services, and
to help us understand and improve the use of our Services, such as Google Analytics.
These third-party service providers may collect information sent by your browser
as part of a web page request, such as cookies or your IP address.
We may also rely on third party providers to perform certain services for us in
connection with your use of the Services, such as communications and hosting
services, network security, investigating fraudulent activity, technical and customer
support, analyzing, tracking and reporting functions, quality assurance testing, our
own marketing of the Service, and other functions. We may share information from
or about you with these third party providers so that they can perform their
services or complete your requests.
These third party providers may share information with us that they obtain from or
about you in connection with providing their services or completing your requests.
Third party providers may also share this information with their subsidiaries, joint
ventures, or other companies under common control. Some of our web pages utilize
framing techniques to serve content to you from our third party providers, while
preserving the look and feel of the Services. In such cases, please note that the
information you provide is being provided to the third party. We will not share your
personal information such as name or email address with these parties.
even if we communicate with you on those sites.
The Services may contain links to unaffiliated third party services. Except as set
forth herein, we do not share your personal information with them. Birdie is not
responsible for the privacy practices of any other party or website and we suggest
you read the privacy policies on or applicable to all such third party services. We
may keep track of how you interact with links across our Services, including our
email notifications, third-party services, and client applications, by redirecting clicks
or through other means.
We may share your personal information in order to protect the legal rights of our
company, our employees, our agents, and our affiliates, to protect the safety and
security of our visitors, to detect and protect against fraud, or to comply with law or
legal process. It is possible that we may need to disclose personal information,
profile information, or information about your activities as a Member or Visitor
when required by law, subpoena, or other legal process, or if we have a good faith
belief that disclosure is reasonably necessary to:
Investigate, prevent, or take action regarding suspected or actual illegal
activities or to assist government enforcement agencies;
Comply with legal process and law enforcement instructions and orders,
such as a search warrant, statute, judicial proceeding, or other legal process
served on us;
Enforce the Terms of Service, investigate and defend ourselves against any
third-party claims or allegations, or protect the security or integrity of our
Exercise or protect the rights, property, reputation, or safety of Birdie, our
Members and Users, affiliates, personnel, or the public.
We will attempt to notify Members about legal demands for their personal
information when appropriate in our judgment, unless prohibited by law or court
order or when the request is an emergency. In light of our principles, we may
dispute such demands when we believe, in our discretion, that the requests are
overbroad, vague or lack proper authority, but do not commit to challenge every
If you have a concern or complaint about content created by others through the
Services, Birdie may share the substance and nature of your complaint with the
contributor of that content in order to provide an opportunity for the contributor to
g. Business Transfers:
If another company acquires some, or all of the assets of Birdie, we may share your
personal information with that company and that company may use and disclose
personal information for purposes similar to what is described in this policy. Birdie
may also share personal information with prospective purchasers to evaluate the
We limit access to information about you to employees who we believe reasonably
need to come into contact with that information to provide products or services to
you or in order to do their jobs.
3. How and Where Do We Store Your Information:
Your information collected through the use of the Services may be stored and
processed in the United States or any other country in which Birdie, its affiliates or
service providers maintain facilities and servers. Therefore, we may process your
information outside the country where you live.
Birdie, its affiliates, or service providers may transfer information that we collect
about you, including personal information across borders and from your country or
jurisdiction to other countries or jurisdictions around the world. If you are located
in the European Union or other regions with laws governing data collection and use
that may differ from U.S. law, please note that we may transfer information,
including personal information, to a country and jurisdiction that does not have the
same data protection laws as your jurisdiction.
By registering for and using the Service you consent to the transfer of information to
the U.S. or to any other country in which Birdie, its affiliates or service providers
maintain facilities and the use and disclosure of information about you as described
We may transfer your information and process it outside your country of residence,
wherever Birdie, its affiliates and service providers operate.
We retain the personal information you provide while your account is in existence
or as needed to provide you services. We may retain your personal information even
after you have closed your account if retention is reasonably necessary to comply
with our legal obligations, meet regulatory requirements, resolve disputes between
Service. We may retain personal information, for a limited period of time, if
requested by law enforcement. Our Customer Service may retain information for as
long as is necessary to provide support-related reporting and trend analysis only,
but we generally de-personalize closed account data., except in the case of our
plugin impression data (i.e., the information that you visited on sites carrying our
social plugin, but which you did not click on), which we de-personalize within 14
days (although we do maintain 90 days worth of webserver logs for security,
debugging, and site stability purposes only) by creating aggregate data sets that
cannot be traced back to individuals.
We store data for as long as it is necessary to provide products and services to you
and others, including those described above. Information associated with your
account will be kept until your account is deleted, unless we no longer need the data
to provide products and services.
You may delete your account any time. However, when you delete your account,
your reviews will not be deleted and remain public on the site. Also, keep in mind
that information that others have shared about you is not part of your account and
will not be deleted when you delete your account.
5. Our Commitment to Security:
We take protecting our users’ personal information very seriously and utilize follow
generally accepted industry standards to protect the personal information
submitted to us, both during transmission and once we receive it. However, no
method of electronic communications or storage is 100% secure. There is no
guarantee that information may not be accessed, disclosed, altered, or destroyed by
breach of any of our physical, technical, or managerial safeguards. Therefore, while
we strive to ensure that your personal information is protected, we cannot
guarantee its absolute security. Please know that the Internet is not a secure
environment so be careful, select strong passwords and keep your password a
secret. It is your responsibility to protect the security of your login information. As
stated earlier, Birdie employees will never ask for your password.
Access to your data on our Services is password-protected, and data is protected by
SSL encryption when it is exchanged between your web browser and the Services.
We also offer secure https access to the Birdie website. To protect any data you
store on our servers, we also regularly monitor our system for possible
vulnerabilities and attacks, and we use a tier-one secured-access data center. Please
note that emails, instant messaging, and similar means of communication with other
Members are not encrypted, and we strongly advise you not to communicate any
confidential information through these means.
Your privacy settings may also be affected by changes the social media services you
use to connect to Birdie. We are not responsible for the functionality, privacy, or
security measures of any other organization.
6. What You Can Do If You Have a Privacy Complaint or Question:
Please contact us at email@example.com and be clear and concise so that we
may identify the exact issue. For content to be considered for removal, an individual
must be uniquely identifiable.
In the description area, please specify what you are wearing or doing that
differentiates you from others within the photo or post.
If you are reporting a comment made, please include the commenter's
username in the username field.
Note that privacy complaints must be first-party claims.
We do not accept claims on behalf of third parties (such as family members, co-
workers, employers, etc.) except in the following situations:
the individual whose privacy is being violated does not have access to a
computer, is a vulnerable individual, is a minor, or is deceased
you act as a legal representative for the individual whose privacy is being
If we remove your User Content for a privacy violation, please do not upload
another version featuring the same content. These individuals will likely file another
privacy complaint or report you for harassment. We are serious about protecting
our users and suspend accounts that violate people's privacy. People who engage in
continuous harassment are subject to being banned from the Services. We do not
review or accept agreements that grant consent before the photo or review was
uploaded and will remove the photo or review based on the filed complaint.
If a privacy complaint is filed, the Birdie team will then review the complaint. At no
point will your identity or contact information be released to the uploader without
your consent. Our communications to you about this process will be sent to your
registered email address.
7. How to Close Your Account:
You can close your account by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will remove your profile from view, but we may retain information about you
Note that we will keep your product reviews public. Information you have shared
with others or that others have copied may also remain visible after you have
closed your account or deleted the information from your own profile. Closed
accounts will show an unknown user as the source. In addition, you may not be
able to access, correct, or eliminate any information about you that other Members
copied or exported out of our Services, because this information may not be in our
control. Your public profile may be displayed in search engine results until the
search engine refreshes its cache. Keep in mind that search engines and other third
parties may still retain copies of your public information, like your user profile
information and public Reviews, even after you have deleted the information from
the Birdie Services or deactivated your account.
Deceased User: In the event of the death of a Birdie member, please contact us. We
will usually conduct our communication via email; should we require any other
information, we will contact you at the email address you have provided in your
8. Our Policy on Minors:
Birdie is intended for general audiences and is not directed to children under 13. We
do not intentionally collect personal information from children under 13. If you
become aware that a child has provided us with personal information without
parental consent, please contact us. If we become aware that a child under 13 has
provided us with personal information without parental consent, we take steps to
remove such information and terminate the child's account.
If you are under the age of 13, you can look at our websites, but you should not
submit personal information to us.
Our Services are a dynamic, innovative environment, which means we are always
seeking to improve the Services we offer you. We often introduce new features,
some of which may result in the collection of new information. Accordingly, we
will notify you when we make significant changes to this policy and give you the
opportunity to review and comment on the revised policy before continuing to use
our Services. If you object to the updates in changes, you may close your account.
By continuing to access or use the Services after those changes become effective,